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At 14:54 on June 5, 2012, Mike Quinn said…

I'd personally be a bit wary of Dubbin, it's designed primarily to waterproof leather. I bought an old Roundstone Bodhran from ebay,  the previous owner had used Dubbin on it,  The skin was quite sticky and very hard. I'm not sure what's in Dubbin, wax mainly I think, but Lanolin comes from wool, so it shouldn't do the skin any harm.

I've used some of this on it with good results.


It soaks in and stays soft.

At 6:53 on June 5, 2012, Mike Quinn said…

Other improvements you can try are sanding the skin, and treating it with Waltons skin conditioning cream or some other lanolin based cream, Cormac Byrne uses cheap unscented moisturiser.

In the absence of a Bodhran, a big hard backed book makes a good sound  :-)

At 20:48 on June 4, 2012, Mike Quinn said…


I too got an email but couldn't find the message here.

Sounds  like a perfectly reasonable idea to me, so long as it's tunable, a cheapie's fine for practicing on, in my opinion.  You could also consider one with a synthetic skin, but they are quite dear and the ones I've heard sound very "plasticky".
I just bought a cheap MIP (made in Pakistan) tunable off ebay for my son to take to school. I taped it up with some scotch 88 and it sounds fine.  Not as good as your SOK, but good enough to practice on.

At 20:28 on June 4, 2012, Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott said…

Saw your question in my mail, couldn't find it on TC so i answer here.

For camping practice (if you're just going to practice tecnique, a tipper and a large cookie jar with a plastic lid will suffice :)

If you have, and don't mind spending the money you mentioned on a relatively speaking P.O.S. - go ahead and buy a cheapo bodhran to bring with you!

All the best!

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